Advances in technology are impacting the way that many people do their jobs, especially in nursing. With innovations in medical devices and software, improvements in technology are literally changing the way nurses practice. The technology in nursing includes an array of devices, systems, and software designed to reduce the amount of time nurses spend on daily tasks, allowing nurses to spend more time on direct patient care. According to Tim Porter-O’Grady, RN, EdD, technology will extend patients’ lives, as he reminds us that we are not aging the same way previous generations did.
Without the technology advancements today, the medical field alone would not have near the opportunities available as it does. Doctors would not be able to successfully operate with minimal damage done, let alone, be able to biopsy something without removing it as a whole. The option of using an organ donor’s organ to save a critical patient’s life would more than likely be out of the question, which saves thousands of people each year.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is headquartered in New York, New York and was founded in 1880. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or, ASME, is a not-for-profit organization that develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. The members of the ASME provide engineering and technical expertise to policy makers in Congress, the White House Office of Science and Technology policy, and key federal agencies.
An article written in March of 2013 by Michael MacRae, member of the ASME, explained the five emerging technologies to watch for in the year ahead. Cutting back on melanoma biopsies was the first on the list. With the most deadly form of skin cancer being melanoma, a large amount of patients find dangerous-looking moles on their body and automatically assume it is melanoma, however, the only way to check was to perform an invasive surgical biopsy. Today dermatologists have a handheld tool approved by the FDA for...